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A First Climb Up Mount Adams

Mount Adams rises above the horizon as Washington’s second tallest volcano -- 12,276 feet. It’s a peak that Northwest Public Radio’s Courtney Flatt has been dreaming of reaching for years. She convinced two friends to climb to the summit with her this summer, and sent an audio - and video - postcard.
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Oregonians will vote this fall on whether to fully fund an outdoor education program for the state's fifth and sixth graders. An initiative that would do that qualified for the Oregon ballot Friday.

After a year-long hiatus, the largest powwow in the Northwest has returned to traditional grounds of the Coeur D’Alene Tribe. Julyamsh was cancelled last year after the state of Idaho legalized horse-racing machines at a park where the celebration used to be held.

People who live in the country who want to play Pokémon Go have a problem.

There are a lot of techie reasons why Pokémon stops are found more often in cities. But generally speaking, where there are more players or people there is usually more Pokémon activity on the game -- it just works better.

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A federal judge has ruled that evidence federal law enforcement gathered from Facebook will be allowed into the September trial for those accused of occupying the Malheur Refuge. 

Nine candidates are vying to replace outgoing Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. The results of the August 2 primary will pare that list down to two finalists for the non-partisan job.

Renee Montagne talks to former Sheriff Sue Rahr, head of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about the impact the recent police attacks in Baton Rouge and Dallas are having.

Historic forest fires. The Oso landslide. Global warming. These are among the issues in the race for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands. The position oversees state trust lands that generate money for schools.

The commissioner must also navigate a constant tension between the timber industry and environmentalists.

Some players in an emerging technology industry in central Washington state are about to face higher electric bills. That’s because a major utility wants to protect itself from the uncertainties surrounding the trade in virtual currencies such as bitcoin.

The political spotlight this week is on the Republican convention in Cleveland. Next week it will move to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. But Washington voters have a political homework assignment that has nothing to do with the conventions -- and it’s due August 2.

Vancouver Council Approves Refinery Ban

Jul 19, 2016
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The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban future crude oil facilities and refineries.

Mayor Tim Leavitt says the new law shows the city council is committed to attracting industries that don’t pose a significant environmental threat.

“This ordinance tonight, I think is an important message coming from your city council, a value proposition that we are standing on and that is our community can be vibrant, it can be prosperous, it can be enjoyable without the sorts of industries could create circumstances otherwise,” said Leavitt.

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